Saturday, August 4, 2007

Stressless Saturday

Handling Stress With Humor

Having a good sense of humor is necessary for health, happiness, and stress reduction. Norman Cousins, author of Anatomy of an Illness compared laughter to inner jogging. He said: “Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors”. Laughter is healing for the body, mind, and spirit. After a good laugh, we are able to think more clearly which helps us manage stress better.

How Laughter Fights Stress And Its Effects:

  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Provides a good cardiac workout.
  • Reduces stress hormones.
  • Boosts your immune system.
  • Releases endorphins— the body's natural painkillers.
  • Gives you a general sense of well-being.
  • Wards off depression.
  • Stimulates creativity.
  • Improves memory.
  • Helps you feel more in control.

PR 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

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